Party Hosting

With all the fun of having a party also comes a responsibility to your neighbors and the Police Department, including:

  • The gathering will be peaceful and law abiding.
  • Music and/or noise will not disturb nearby residents.
  • The gathering will end without any disturbances.


And sometimes the Police Department will need to intervene in certain circumstances:

  • Neighbors complain of excessive noise, illegal parking, damage to their property, or any other unusual activities.
  • Police officer on patrol observes any of these types of activity.
  • The person giving the party calls because the party has gotten out of control. (Please do not hesitate to call the police.  Police officers are trained to bring the situation under control and disperse unruly guests.)


Remember, repeated calls to the same disturbance limit officer availability to respond to critical, life-threatening calls.  Follow these guidelines to ensure everyone has a fun but safe time:

  • Tell your neighbors in advance you are planning a social gathering.  Ask them to call you if they have any problems.
  • Contact the Police Department if any problems occur.
  • Do not allow under-age guests to consume alcoholic beverages.
  • Go outside occasionally to make sure noise is not too loud or undesirable activity is taking place.
  • If you need to leave the gathering for a short time, leave a responsible person in charge.
  • Only allow individuals you know to attend the gathering.
  • Don't leave valuables lying around.

Make your next party a positive experience for everyone.



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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 6/23/2015